Before the prosecution, the former head of Housing argued that the rule, with which the financing of works in Anguía (Cajamarca) was authorized, originated in the Ministry of Economy. However, the evidence leaves that argument unsupported. This investigation corresponds to the case of the sister-in-law of President Pedro Castillo.
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Messages, chats and documents contradict Minister Geiner Alvarado on Emergency Decree 102-2021. Composition: GEC
Messages via email, communications through the WhatsApp application, and official documents contradict the statement that Minister Geiner Alvarado gave to the prosecution regarding the origin of the Emergency Decree 102-2021, signed by the president Pedro Castillo and the then holders of Housing and Economy, according to information accessed by El Comercio.
With this rule, issued on October 29, the financing of millionaire works in Anguía (Chota, Cajamarca) was authorized, for whose alleged irregularities Yenifer Paredes, sister-in-law of the president, the first lady Lilia Paredes, the businessman Hugo Espino , Mayor José Medina and other officials, as part of an alleged criminal network headed by the head of state.
“This decree of urgency arises from a report from the Ministry of Economy [and Finance] dated October 12, 2021, through Report No. 018-2021-EF/60.02 signed by Raquel Yamujar Gil, general director of Macroeconomic Policy and Fiscal Decentralization [of the FEM]”said Alvarado, who was Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation until last August 5 and is now Minister of Transport and Communications.
In his testimony given to the Special Team against the Corruption of Power, on August 16, Alvarado added: “[With that MEF document] the Ministry of Housing was informed that given the situation presented and framed in that directive, projects had to be presented, which were prepared by each department through a technical analysis”.
However, a month earlier, on September 15, a senior official from the Ministry of Housing informed the then Vice Ministers Elizabeth Añaños and Javier Hernández –by email– about the S/500 million approved by the MEF, a sum that with the decree emergency was allocated to drinking water and sanitation works in the country.
Among these projects, five were managed by the Municipality of Anguía, one of which was awarded to a consortium linked to Hugo Espino, friend and former employer of Yenifer Paredes, a contract that amounted to S/3 million.
“Dear deputy ministers, in a working meeting with the Ministry of Economy and Finance held on September 3 […], we were informed that there would be a budget of up to 500 million for the MVCS [Ministry of Housing]”, wrote Jackeline Castañeda, General Director in charge of Planning and Budgeting for the sector led by Alvarado.
Email sent by official Jackeline Castañeda.
That same day, also by email, the now former vice-minister Añaños responded to the message indicating to other ministry officials that S/125 million corresponded to the area of that amount responsible for [Housing and Urban Development], “which represents 25% of the allocated resources”, since the senior ministerial leadership had established the “prioritization of lines of intervention […], in which sanitation has a greater demand for resources [75%] due to the size of the projects.”.
Cite in the MEF
Regarding the aforementioned work meeting at the MEF, on September 3, this newspaper accessed conversations via WhatsApp on that day that confirm that the activity, in fact, took place and that Minister Alvarado himself participated in the meeting.
“Eli [Elizabeth Añaños], good morning. [Do you have an appointment at the PCM [Presidency of the Council of Ministers]?”, Alvarado asked the then Deputy Minister of Housing and Urbanism. She replied: “Yes”. It was at 8:05 a.m.
Message from the then Minister of Housing, Geiner Alvarado.
At 11:48 a.m., Alvarado wrote to him: “I am already in the MEF [Ministry of Economy and Finance]”. A few minutes later, he texted again: “The appointment is at 12 [m.]” .
Then, at 12:57 p.m., Añaños forwarded him a photograph showing Alvarado and the then head of the MEF, Pedro Francke , at the end of the meeting in which the millionaire budget was approved, whose use was authorized by the emergency decree, the following month.
“Congratulations, good job”, noted Alvarado.
In the documentation that served as support for Emergency Decree 102-2021, there is an official letter sent by the secretary general of the Ministry of Housing, Francisco Whittembury, to the MEF, on October 23.
With this document, the official formally presented the technical and legal proposal for the regulation, which was promulgated six days later.
“ […] By special request of the Minister of Housing, I submit for your consideration and respective processing, the draft emergency decree [for the] financing of sanitation, road infrastructure and urban equipment projects”, Whittembury wrote to her counterpart Kitty Trinidad.
Official letter sent by the Secretary General of Housing, Francisco Whittembury.
According to El Comercio sources, that rule was based on the guidelines of the Peru en Marcha sectoral program, whose files are recorded in the documents of the decree file.
In the case of President Pedro Castillo's sister-in-law, the prosecution investigates a meeting held in an apartment of Palo Blanco street, in Surquillo, Lima, on August 20, 2021.
By indication of the then chief of staff of Housing advisers , Salatiel Marrufo; Deputy Minister Elizabeth Añaños and the Budget Chief, Jackeline Castañeda, went to the place.
There they spoke about projects in the sector before businessmen Alejandro Sánchez and Abel Cabrera, and the mayor of Anguía, José Medina, considered from the presidential entourage. They are also known as part of the president's 'political bureau' or the circle of 'Los Chiclayanos'.